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Dale Mackie (centre) in his studio on the Port of Grimsby with Sam Delaney (left), and Steve Ridlington (right)

Associated British Ports (ABP) is delighted to welcome its first artist in residence to the Port of Grimsby.

Dale Mackie is a renowned local artist who has exhibited around the region and whose paintings are housed in private collections nationally. Born in Cleethorpes, he has recently taken a unit on the port within the area known as the Kasbah.

Famed for painting local scenes, including the town’s maritime history, this first for the port will see an exhibition being held at the end of the residency.

Simon Bird, Regional Director for the Humber ports said: “Dale is a fine artist who is well known for his artwork, and we’re delighted to offer him the role as Artist in Residence. This is a first for us as a port operator and we’re keen to see what he produces.

“The port is a dynamic place and Grimsby has moved forward from its fishing heritage, but still offers great opportunity for capturing its essence. We’re now seeing artists and cultural activities working side by side with fish processors and renewable operators, and this is fantastic.”

Dale Mackie, artist, said: “I feel honoured and privileged to become the first artist in residence to take part in painting the Port of Grimsby. My aim is to capture the future, as well as the past of this great port of ours.

“As a local lad I know how important it is for Grimsby’s heritage and for the people of Grimsby who are working or have worked on the docks over the years. I would like to thank Sam Delaney of The Great Escape, and Steve Ridlington of WE1, and of course ABP for giving me this chance to paint the Port of Grimsby.”

Steve Ridlington, Director of WE1 Group Heritage said: “We are delighted to host Dale Mackie to record the history and the changes that are happening at the Port of Grimsby. Sam Delaney from The Great Escape and WE1 Group Heritage have donated a studio for Dale at our arts quarter on Grimsby Docks to enable him to capture the past and future changes through his incredible art.” 

For more information on Dale visit his website here Dale Mackie